Has bonsai evolved as it has moved from Japan (and China) to the rest of the world? If you look at experimentation and innovation, I’d say yes, there is plenty of positive movement beyond Japan (and in Japan as well). However, if you look at display, you might draw a different conclusion.
Laziness and neglect, or spontaneous freedom?
I spend a lot of time perusing bonsai on the web. Many are poorly photographed with very little attention to detail,. This is particularly true on facebook, where a casual style seems to be the norm. Not that there’s anything wrong with a spontaneous casual approach that reflects a sort of ‘things as they are’ attitude. But still, when people do take the time to prepare the tree (right down to simply cleaning the pot) and the environment, genuine beauty, even magic, is more apt to be the result. In this light, I think these two displays speak for themselves.